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The Maritime Aquarium is proud to offer internships in many different areas including education, animal husbandry, life support and more! Please see below for more details including application information.
Fall 2020: Closed
Spring 2021: Cancelled
Summer 2021: Details Coming Soon
Individuals are required to complete a minimum of 22 hours per week for a minimum of 14 weeks, and the completion of an original project. These are not paid positons.
The Maritime Aquarium houses many species of fishes, invertebrates, frogs, and reptiles, from the Long Island Sound and beyond. Our aquarists work daily to provide the best husbandry for the animals in their care. From routine exhibit cleaning and feeding, to water quality testing and health examinations, our staff completes a wide variety of tasks as a part of their jobs every day.
An aquarist internship at the Maritime Aquarium is designed to be a learning experience for any college student, or recent graduate who is interested in exploring a career in aquatic animal husbandry. During the internship, individuals will learn how to maintain aquarium exhibits, prepare diets, complete water quality tests, and keep records, as well as be introduced to aquatic animal health assessments, quarantine procedures, and aquarium system design. Those who have completed an internship with the Maritime Aquarium have gone on to careers here as well as other AZA-affiliated zoos and aquariums.
If you have a love for animals, an enthusiastic attitude, and a willingness to learn, please consider applying for an internship in one of our galleries! We are offering internships specializing in the following areas:
Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate
To apply, please submit a completed application, along with a cover letter, resume, and list of references to Jim Dauterman at email@example.com. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis for our spring internship. Qualified applicants will be contacted via email to coordinate a skype, or in-person interview. Applicants will be selected after the interview process based upon general knowledge, experience, attitude, punctuality, and by recommendation. Although not a guarantee, it is possible for college students to receive course credit or fulfill major requirements through their experience, provided they have completed the requirements for their college or program.
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Summer 2021: Details coming soon.
The Maritime Aquarium is home to several species of mammals, both marine and terrestrial. We currently house harbor seals, North American river otters, slender-tailed meerkats, Geoffroy’s tamarins, a striped skunk and a prehensile-tailed porcupine. In addition to providing excellent husbandry care we strive to provide an engaging training program for our inhabitants. Training is an important part of daily animal care; allowing us to mentally and physically stimulate our animals on a daily basis. We train our animals for medical management behaviors such as blood draws, weights, and ultrasounds. We also train behaviors to physically stimulate our animals such as spins, jumps and waves.
This internship is designed to be a career learning experience and is suited for candidates that are new to the field of animal training. During your internship, you will learn how to prepare diets, maintain exhibits, provide enrichment and give public presentations to educate our visitors about marine mammals and environmental conservation. You will also learn how trainers use principles such as positive reinforcement and shaping to train these animals. Internships are custom designed to each individual's skill level.
Applicants must be dependable, have excellent English written and oral communication skills, be comfortable bending and walking on uneven and wet terrain and be able to maneuver 50 lbs. Interns should be available to work a minimum of 3 days per week for 12 weeks. Candidate’s should be flexible, a minimum of 18 years old and have the ability to work holidays and weekends. This internship is open to college students majoring in psychology, biology, marine biology or another related field. Priority will be given to students completing an internship for academic credit and who have some hands-on animal experience, such as volunteering at an animal shelter or completing internships at other facilities. Interns will complete a research project as part of the internship and present their findings to our staff and fellow interns. Although this internship does not involve feeding or training the animals, interns play an integral role assisting staff during training sessions and presentations, and work in close proximity to the animals.
To apply, please submit a completed application, along with a cover letter, resume, and list of references to Jim Dauterman at firstname.lastname@example.org. In your cover letter, please include your past animal experience and which internship term would you like to be considered for.
Applications for the spring and fall terms have rolling admission.
These are unpaid positions.
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